Town Tonic

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Cuisine: Contemporary, New Zealand, Share Plates
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

Feed your body and calm your mind at Town Tonic, Christchurch’s favourite all-day hangout.

Chef Jamie Bennett (Passengers + Co, Riccarton House Bistro, The Local and creator of the Christchurch Farmers' Market) knows a thing or two about seasonal produce and his menus are like an edible tour of the local region.

For breakfast, tuck into eggs every which way (breakfast tacos, anyone?) or opt for something light and nourishing from the ‘honest’ section. Crushed potatoes with walnut pesto and mushroom parfait is the sort of veggie plate that could get even hardcore carnivores drooling.

The dinner menu is equally inventive. Get stuck into starting plates such as sticky tamarind sprouts before moving on to elegant mains including whole flounder with salty miso and seaweed butter.

Fine Kiwi and Aussie wines and light, bright interiors that will have you reaching for your camera are the icing on what is already a very attractive cake. And with menus changing every six weeks to reflect what’s in season, there’s always a reason for a return visit to Town Tonic!

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Town Tonic
335 Lincoln Road, Addington
Christchurch

Open Hours:
Everyday 8am - 9pm

Phone: 03 338 1150

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Nice atmosphere for our anniversary meal. We had to use a napkin to prop up a corner of the table to stop it rocking but didn’t mind that at all. We started with the fried free range chicken... so juicy and with the greatest crunchy coating. The truffles potato skins were lovely too. A great start.

Our mains were the Southland lamb rump and the mushroom alfredo. The pasta was unfortunately very bland with hardly any mushroom flavour to notice. Staff were very responsive and brought it back with extra white wine, lemon and salsa verde. At least they tried to make it better...

The lamb was astonishingly good. It was cooked beautifully and melted in the mouth. The crust was delightful and the sauces were both perfect compliments, reminding us of Turkish experiences. The eggplant was a big surprise. It was as nice as the lamb itself! The salad added the much needed freshness on the plate. This lamb dish more than made up for the pasta.

To finish, we had the layer cake. It was good, but the lamb will stick in my mind for a long time. It was the best lamb dish I have ever tasted. Thanks Town Tonic!

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The atmosphere at Town Tonic is very relaxed, but interesting, with an open kitchen. A massive gin selection blends perfectly with the ever changing and delicious menu. The food was with us in perfect timing, not leaving us thirsty or hungry for a moment. Love this place; fascinating, delectable dining paired with friendly, helpful and chatty service staff makes it a very memorable experience. With only two service staff, it was sometimes a trick to get their attention as they were busy. However, we did arrive when the place was at peak capacity.....Thanks Town Tonic!!!

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Julie Millar

Tonic room had a great atmosphere, was reasonably busy but we were served in timely fashion and the menu was explained with ample time for us to decide. The potato skins we had as a starter were my favourite with some great flavours. There were 3 of us and we shared 4 platters and all had awesome flavours the lamb was cooker perfectly. We even indulged in 2 desserts between the 3 of us which all had such interesting flavours. Would definitely recommend and I will be going back

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Karen Law

Town Tonic has a nice vibe and it was a good choice for lunch. We had both decided on the seafood pasta but when two delicious looking dishes went past we asked our waiter what they were and promptly changed our order to the loaded chicken. It didn’t disappoint, being both delicious & generous in size. The service was good and we would happily dine here again!

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Tori Bonaparte

We ordered the "Trust the Chef" option for myself and my partner, a 5-course degustation journey. It was excellent - not one dish I would ever have ordered for myself and each one more enjoyable than the last. The chef was worth placing my trust in. The food at Town Tonic exudes skill and a sound understanding of diverse ingredients. I have yet to have a dish there that wasn't delightful and thoughtfully considered. The wine list had a selection of unusual wines, and they were excellent and reasonably priced! I left dinner with a new favourite wine and a resolution to try more chamois.

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Jenny Dawes

We had a great breakfast at Town Tonic, a place we didn’t even know existed before looking on first table. A smaller size menu but a good range and variety of dishes and our four meals were all absolute delicious and beautifully presented. My eggs bene has to be one of the best I have ever had, slight chilli in the sauce was amazing and the potato hash, full of chunks of potato was a brilliant change from bread. Beautiful contemporary decor and friendly efficient service. We will definitely be back

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We were first in, but the place soon filled up. We ordered oysters and Tahr from the "wild" blackboard menu. The staff were happy to accommodate our request for two different options with our 6 oysters, which were delicious. The Tahr was something we have never had before but the staff were more than happy to answer our questions and describe all the dishes available. We tried the striploin and the cappaccio which were both a real treat. We finished with a Chocolate Cloud and a Cheese board which were also enjoyable. You can tell that the staff all real "foodies" and it showed in the service as well as the great food. We would definitely came back here again and recommend it to others.

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We had a fantastic night at town tonic last night before the theatre. The food was exceptional, especially the beef cheeks and the Cauliflower done several ways. The chocolate dessert was sublime... we really should not have shared!! Def recommend.

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Michael Mahon

Really tasty food friendly professional service was busy and meal came quick definitely recommend

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Matt Orr

Excellent night with fabulous food and service, could not fault it.

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Absolutely brilliant! Superb and friendly service. Beautiful and sensational food. Thank you so much!

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Nice atmosphere for our anniversary meal. We had to use a napkin to prop up a corner of the table to stop it rocking but didn’t mind that at all. We started with the fried free range chicken... so juicy and with the greatest crunchy coating. The truffles potato skins were lovely too. A great start.

Our mains were the Southland lamb rump and the mushroom alfredo. The pasta was unfortunately very bland with hardly any mushroom flavour to notice. Staff were very responsive and brought it back with extra white wine, lemon and salsa verde. At least they tried to make it better...

The lamb was astonishingly good. It was cooked beautifully and melted in the mouth. The crust was delightful and the sauces were both perfect compliments, reminding us of Turkish experiences. The eggplant was a big surprise. It was as nice as the lamb itself! The salad added the much needed freshness on the plate. This lamb dish more than made up for the pasta.

To finish, we had the layer cake. It was good, but the lamb will stick in my mind for a long time. It was the best lamb dish I have ever tasted. Thanks Town Tonic!

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Donna McRoberts

Loved the experience food was amazing

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Lisa Piggy

Excellent food and good service.

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Loved the entree of pork belly and soba noodle salad but the main was disappointing as the lamb rump was very rare and I wish i had been given the choice of how i would like this served as i like well done steak :( Dessert was back on track and really tasty. :)

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Amazing food once again!! Truly loved our Breakfast, awesome service also! Thanks

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The atmosphere at Town Tonic is very relaxed, but interesting, with an open kitchen. A massive gin selection blends perfectly with the ever changing and delicious menu. The food was with us in perfect timing, not leaving us thirsty or hungry for a moment. Love this place; fascinating, delectable dining paired with friendly, helpful and chatty service staff makes it a very memorable experience. With only two service staff, it was sometimes a trick to get their attention as they were busy. However, we did arrive when the place was at peak capacity.....Thanks Town Tonic!!!

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Sharon Johns

Food was of the freshest ingredients and of great combinations. Think the menu may alter according to what is in season but would not hesitate to go again as it will be interesting to see what is on the menu next time

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Very enjoyable will go back

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Julie Millar

Tonic room had a great atmosphere, was reasonably busy but we were served in timely fashion and the menu was explained with ample time for us to decide. The potato skins we had as a starter were my favourite with some great flavours. There were 3 of us and we shared 4 platters and all had awesome flavours the lamb was cooker perfectly. We even indulged in 2 desserts between the 3 of us which all had such interesting flavours. Would definitely recommend and I will be going back

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Nice environment. Big meals. I ordered eggs bene with chicken. Was really looking forward to the chicken, coating nice but just not sure about the chicken...wasn't the best part of the chicken I thought. Eggs were served on a large hashbrown which was really good. Nice change from bread. We would go back again.

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Maryanne Skidmore

We thoroughly enjoyed the food and are still talking about the beef cheek. It was soooo tender and just delicious with the pumpkin and divine mushrooms on top. All the food was outstanding and the liver parfait was also a standout. The service was great and friendly although double checking our order would have meant we got our chicken as well. Luckily we were plenty satisfied without it so turned down the offer to make it for us.

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Cecilia Zhong

Very nice meal, a gem in the city

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Hamish Lancaster-Whillis

Incredible. Never disappointed by the food, coffee or service at Town Tonic. The food is delicious, coffee perfect and service is friendly and efficient.

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Megan Perry

Amazing food! We were very intrigued by the Marmite in the risotto and finished off with an amazing vegan dessert.

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Good food and service complimented the great company. Thank you.

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We were First Table customers. The place was not busy, being early in the week. The service was attentive and friendly but not intrusive. A good selection of beers and wines. Kitchen specials were clearly visible and 'explained.' Didn't have to wait long for our orders which were sizeable, appealingly presented and very tasty. The lamb was especially tender and cooked to perfection. The octopus is a 'must-try' suggestion to other diners. You won't be disappointed. Thoroughly enjoyed our three-course dinner though we'd both overindulged, the chef will be pleased to know. We'll be back.

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Joanna Hunter

Great food and service, great portions, will definitely come back again!

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Karen Law

Town Tonic has a nice vibe and it was a good choice for lunch. We had both decided on the seafood pasta but when two delicious looking dishes went past we asked our waiter what they were and promptly changed our order to the loaded chicken. It didn’t disappoint, being both delicious & generous in size. The service was good and we would happily dine here again!

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Magnificent meal One of the best The seafood especially is great

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Mandy Caldwell

Town Tonic always delivers great food and excellent service. I love the way the food is prepared - fresh, healthy and so tasty. I highly recommend a visit!

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We went for breakfast and had the eggs benny and pork belly. Everything was so delicious we decided to add on the french toast with ice cream too! What a treat!! Highly suggested. Thank you for a fantastic meal

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Nicole Palmer

Really good food! Can't wait to go back!

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Delicious food and fantastic service and a great atmosphere.

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Suzy A

Good food, nice staff and excellent service. I had a eggs benny with fried chicken, that was amazing! It would be great if there is more dessert option.

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The place was buzzing when we arrived at 730pm. Great staff, knowledgeable about the wine list and menu. The lamb rump was lovely as was the risotto. Definitely recommend.

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Tori Bonaparte

We ordered the "Trust the Chef" option for myself and my partner, a 5-course degustation journey. It was excellent - not one dish I would ever have ordered for myself and each one more enjoyable than the last. The chef was worth placing my trust in. The food at Town Tonic exudes skill and a sound understanding of diverse ingredients. I have yet to have a dish there that wasn't delightful and thoughtfully considered. The wine list had a selection of unusual wines, and they were excellent and reasonably priced! I left dinner with a new favourite wine and a resolution to try more chamois.

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Very tasty food. Fried chicken was soooo delish

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Natasha Mitchell

Excellent food and lots of vegan options!

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Kiki Wells

Service was fantastic and food was absolutely scrumptious. Would definitely recommend.

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A great atmosphere. Staff were excellent as was the food and wine. Many thanks.

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Chuck Yau

Town Tonic never disappears. the plating looked good, the food tasted good, the service wasn't bad. would recommend.

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Audrie McKenzie

Great service, knowledgeable staff and delicious menu. Kia ora tatou!

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Bryony Alexandra

Food was very good, very generous portion of salmon! Best Chai I have had in ChCh too. Looks like they have a good selection of evening drinks too, so will probably go back for that.

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Brooke Jeffrey

delicious food, and really fast service. will be back :)

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Alana Hall

Fast and polite service. Tasty food. Big portions. Perfectly cooked eggs.

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Jenny Dawes

We had a great breakfast at Town Tonic, a place we didn’t even know existed before looking on first table. A smaller size menu but a good range and variety of dishes and our four meals were all absolute delicious and beautifully presented. My eggs bene has to be one of the best I have ever had, slight chilli in the sauce was amazing and the potato hash, full of chunks of potato was a brilliant change from bread. Beautiful contemporary decor and friendly efficient service. We will definitely be back

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great food

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Rachel Cai

The food, service, ambience, deco are all good. Overall, a very pleasant dining experience!

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Everything on the menu sounded fantastic. Ordered the salmon avo which was delicious. Very nice hash brown. Friend ordered the eggs bene with chicken which was also delicious. Great coffee. Friendly service. Nice atmosphere. Highly recommend. Will be returning.

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Rose Cook

When we first entered the resturant we were really impressed by the atmosphere and aesthetic. The staff were attentive. Coffee was beautiful. Freshly squeezed juice was delicious!
We ordered fried chicken for breakfast which was super novel and really lovely! The food was visually stunning and delicious.

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Shen Tian

The oysters and clams were fresh, the fried chicken was ok, but the ribeye was not good, I didn’t like the beef cheek too. The original price are over priced. The service was normal. Will not back again.

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The food was amazing and really friendly staff definitely will be going back and highly recommend

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We really enjoyed 'Trust the Chef'. A great selection as a birthday treat. Looking forward to coming back for another meal soon.

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Kerry Absolum

Really enjoyed all of our dishes. I had roasted cauliflower and I'd definitely get it again. Great fresh juices made on the spot. Busy but never felt crowded. Will be back.

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We were first in, but the place soon filled up. We ordered oysters and Tahr from the "wild" blackboard menu. The staff were happy to accommodate our request for two different options with our 6 oysters, which were delicious. The Tahr was something we have never had before but the staff were more than happy to answer our questions and describe all the dishes available. We tried the striploin and the cappaccio which were both a real treat. We finished with a Chocolate Cloud and a Cheese board which were also enjoyable. You can tell that the staff all real "foodies" and it showed in the service as well as the great food. We would definitely came back here again and recommend it to others.

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Gorgeous food. Accommodated our selection from the lunch menu when it was still early and not yet lunchtime. Nice ambience.

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Marine Morel

Town Tonic never disappoint. I've been there a few times before, myself and my friends always have a great time. I recommend it often to visitors as one of the best restaurants in Chch. The menu changes regularly so I like to go every couple of months. Great vegan options. Yesterday again it was lovely, a great reward in the middle of a hard work Sunday. Thank you again, you have a loyal customer in me.

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